Campus News

New Name, Management for "Dump and Run"

Story posted May 04, 2007

Over the past five years — and with help from more than 55 local non-profit organizations — Bowdoin Collegeís "Dump and Run" sale, which has been renamed "Give and Go," has recycled enough reusable goods to fill Dayton Arena five times over.

At the end of the school year, students donate items they no longer need and things they canít (or donít want to) lug them back home. Everything from school supplies and clothes to mini-fridges and desk lamps are collected, cleaned and, when necessary, tested to make sure they function. They are then sold at prices well below market value at one of the largest yard sales in the state. Net proceeds from the sale are distributed to participating non-profits based on the number of hours they have volunteered for the event. Since 2002 the sale has distributed more than $115,000 to participating non-profits in the Brunswick community.

Looking to hand over the administrative aspects of the sale, the College issued a request for proposal to the non-profits that took part last year. The winner, a group that includes A Paw in the Door, the Daughters of Isabella #508, American Legion Post 171 and the Eagles Wrestling Club of Mt. Ararat High School, has a combined total of 14 years of experience working the sale.

As part of the agreement, the group pays the College a $3,500 facilities fee to help cover payroll expenses associated with the Campus Sustainability Coordinator, a student employee and security personnel, and facility costs including electricity, janitorial services and those associated with protecting the Dayton Arena floor. In addition, the College will provide a Dumpster and pay disposal fees for items not fit for sale or donation to outside agencies.

Students are encouraged to place smaller items such as clothes, books, kitchen supplies, sporting equipment and games in the Give and Go boxes that will be placed in residence halls May 10, 2007. Larger items such as rugs, appliances and furniture can be placed next to the box. Unopened food and toiletries are also collected. Over the years, the sale has donated hundreds of pounds of goods to the Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program Food Pantry and plans to continue that tradition this year.

Give and Go will be held Saturday, June 9, 2007, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. As in previous years, the Bowdoin community and Give and Go volunteers will be invited to a presale on Friday, June 8, 2007, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Bowdoin ID or Give and Go badge is required for admission. Organizers say, as in years past, they will hold a portion of some of the more popular items to ensure their availability for Saturday shoppers.

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